Korle Bu Teaching Hospital is still receiving emergency cases a day after authorities suspended all emergency surgical cases for the next two weeks.
According to the Hospital, the move to suspend services became necessary after some workers were found to have been infected with Covid-19, giving rise to the need to protect clients and the rest of staff who are still at post.
In an interview with ABC News, Public Relations Officer of Korle Bu, Mustapha Salifu said ‘the few cases received today are not critical and would therefore have to wait till after two weeks’.
On a tour of some of the blocks, the news team noticed the hospital has put in place new measures to ensure patients do not come into close contact with staff.
“All staff who have been infected are self-isolating and some have even recovered,” Mr Salifu mentioned. “Contact tracing is ongoing and we have asked other staff who are aware they have come into close contact with the infected to self-isolate.”
Read the full statement below:
SUBJECT: SUSPENSION OF NON-EMERGENCY SURGICAL CASES
The Hospital Administration has decided to suspend non-emergency surgical cases for the next two weeks. This is necessitated by the fact that some staff have been infected with Covid-19.
This measure is therefore to protect our clients and the rest of the staff who are still at post and providing care to patients. The suspension will also enable us to reorganize ourselves for the resumption of regular services.
Only dire emergencies will be attended to within this period. We, therefore, request sister health facilities to refer only dire surgical emergencies (Surgery, ENT, Maxillofacial and Obstetrics) to Korle Bu during the suspension period. Other parts of the Hospital are still in full operation. Thank you.